The area encompassing Mukherjee's home will be spread over more than an acre (43,560 square feet) and the building, when completed, will have four rooms on the ground floor and five on the first. There will be a pond and plenty of greenery all around. And of course, a room exclusively for performing puja for Mukherjee the priest.
Locals say as soon as work began on Mukherjee's home, land prices in the village started shooting up. Raghunathganj MLA Mohammad Akhruzzaman, a Congressman, told HT: "Pranabda bought one acre for R12,000 (in 2009). Now farmers are selling similar pieces for as much as Rs. 2.5 lakh."
"The earlier plan was to complete the work by poila baisakh (Bengali new year, usually April 15). But as things stand now, it will take another seven-eight months," Akhruzzaman said.
UCO Bank, a state-run entity headquartered in Kolkata, has adopted this village for its activities on corporate social responsibility (CSR).